Senior Web Designer Salary

The average Senior Web Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $67K per year. In the world of Senior Web Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $47K and $98K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,224 - $92,227
(Median)
$47K
$67K
$92K
MEDIAN: $67,231
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$18.58 - $58.72
(Median)
$19
$31
$59
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,224 - $92,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,145  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,291 - $97,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 782
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.58 - $58.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$26.06 - $61.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,145  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,291 - $97,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.

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Senior Web Designer Tasks

  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer


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Senior Web Designers who go on to become User Experience Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for User Experience Directors is $132K annually. Senior Web Designers most often move into positions as Creative Directors or User Experience Designers; those groups report median salaries that are $14K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer


Senior Web Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, JavaScript, User Interface Design, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and HTML5. Those proficient in Web Design are, more often than not, also skilled in User Interface Design and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Those proficient in Adobe Photoshop are, more often than not, also skilled in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Web Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $62K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $69K. For Senior Web Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,559

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Web Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Senior Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Tampa and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 5 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
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Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$69,000

Wordpress
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Web Design
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Web Development
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Dreamweaver
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HTML5
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
46%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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